On 25th and 26th May 2013, the first Beijing Women's Film Festival will be held at UCCA, featuring six films by Chinese and international women directors. A host of directors and acclaimed guests will join discussions on topics including women's perspectives on filmmaking and the development of women directors and women's films inChina.
Participating directors include Guo Xiaolu, British-Chinese novelist and filmmaker, recipient of the 2009 Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland) and Granta's Best British Young Novelist 2013; Huang Ji, recipient of the Golden Tiger Award at the 41st Rotterdam Film Festival for her work Egg and Stone; independent director Yang Mingming; renowned Belgium documentary film director Marie Mandy; and Liu Shu, a TV reporter-turned independent filmmaker, whose debut film Lotus will see its China Mainland premiere at the festival and is scheduled as the closing film.
The festival offers a platform to Chinese and international women filmmakers to exchange ideas. By screening the works of women directors coming from varied cultural backgrounds, the festival showcases women's perspectives on filmmaking and storytelling, and invites the audience to join discussions about women and filmmaking. The festival also wishes to raise awareness among the audience and among the Chinese society in general concerning the social issues featured in the selected films.
*Tickets are available for purchase at the ticket desk on the day of screening.
*Doors close 30 minutes after screening begins.
13:00 Opening Film: UFO in Her Eyes (Germany, 110 min) + Q&A with the crew
15:30 Opening Reception
16:30 My Two Breasts—A Diary of Healing (Belgium, 90 min) + Q&A with Marie Vermeiren (Elles Tournent—Women’s Film Festival in Brussels)
19:00 Sight without Seeing (Belgium, 100 min) + Q&A with director Marie Mandy
14:00 Egg and Stone (China, 101 min) + Q&A with director Huang Ji
16:30 Female Directors (China, 42 min) + Filmmaker Forum: Female directors in filmmaking, or the lack of them (FREE, ticket required)
19:00 Closing Film: Lotus (China, 90 min) + Q&A with director Liu Shu
Beijing Women Screenings
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
The Embassy of Belgium/the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in China
Elles Tournent Women’s Film Festival (Brussels)